Dec 04, 2013 — The F-35, the Air Force's new, expensive fighter jet, has a new home: Burlington, Vermont. In 2020, 18 planes will come to the Vermont Air National Guard base at the Burlington Airport and replace the existing F-16s.
The debate over whether to bring the F-35 to town has divided people in Chittenden County for years. Opponents say noise levels from the plane will adversely affect people who live near the airport, including children and minority populations. Supporters say the plan will keep the Air Guard in the area, provide jobs and spur economic growth. Go to full article
Sep 25, 2013 — BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The Vermont National Guard says a final environmental impact statement on whether the U.S. Air Force will base F-35 fighter jets in Burlington is expected to be released next week.
Adjutant Gen. Steven Cray of the Guard said the release is expected on Friday, Oct. 4. Go to full article
Capt. Andrew Embry in the cockpit of a B-52H Stratofortress of the 96th Bomb Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. Photo: Tech. Sgt. Bradley C. Church, USAF, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
South Burlington, VT, Oct 05, 2012 — Last spring the Air Force announced that Burlington was one of two preferred sites for a fleet of new F-35 fighter jets. The F-35s are a lot louder than the F-16s that currently take off and land from Burlington International Airport.
Many area residents are worried about the noise from the jets and its effect on their property values. Others are glad that the F-35 would guarantee a continued Air Force presence in Burlington. Go to full article
Montpelier, VT, Oct 14, 2011 — Vermont writer Garret Keizer lives in a quiet part of the world, but his new book, The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want, explores the history of noise. He writes that noise equals power, and problems, in the industrialized world. Betsy Kepes has this review. Go to full article
Dec 10, 2002 — If you've ever had the fillings in your teeth loosened by super-amplified music coming out of a nearby car, you'll appreciate commentator Paul Willcott's recent efforts to combat such an assault. Go to full article